Resource Demand Scenarios for the Major Metals.

  title={Resource Demand Scenarios for the Major Metals.},
  author={Ayman Elshkaki and T E Graedel and Luca Ciacci and Barbara K. Reck},
  journal={Environmental science & technology},
  volume={52 5},
The growth in metal use in the past few decades raises concern that supplies may be insufficient to meet demands in the future. From the perspective of historical and current use data for seven major metals-iron, manganese, aluminum, copper, nickel, zinc, and lead-we have generated several scenarios of potential metal demand from 2010 to 2050 under alternative patterns of global development. We have also compared those demands with various assessments of potential supply to midcentury. Five… CONTINUE READING